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Tracy Bowling Climbs the Trail
Tracy Bowling pushes herself to the limit while enjoying the view.
Photo courtesy Facchino Photography

Experience the Uphill Thrill

American River 50 Mile Endurance Run Set for Folsom to Auburn

Posted: 3/13/2015

FOLSOM/AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The 36th Annual American River 50 Mile Endurance Run (AR 50) presented by Clif Bar will be held Saturday, April 4. The race starts at 6 a.m.

The course will take participants from Brown’s Ravine to Folsom Point, along the Folsom Dam, across the Walker Bridge to the south side of Lake Natoma before rejoining the previous course at Nimbus Bluffs.

The AR 50 is the most popular 50-miler in the United States and offers runners a chance to view picturesque scenery as they navigate the challenging American River Bike Trail and the Pioneer Express Trail all the way to Auburn.

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New Library Fund Provides Ongoing Support to Local Libraries

Posted: 3/13/2015

Jessica Hubbard, Veronica Blake, Mary George, and Jane Mispley
Jessica Hubbard, Placer Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services Manager and Veronica Blake, CEO of Placer Community Foundation with Mary George, Director of Library Services for Placer County and Jane Mispley, President of Friends of Auburn Library.
Photo courtesy Placer Community Foundation

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Placer Community Foundation (PCF) has announced the newly endowed Placer County Library Fund. This fund is designed to provide ongoing support to libraries throughout the Placer County library system. Establishment of the fund has been a tremendous, collaborative effort. Friends of the Library groups from Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Kings Beach, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Penryn, Rocklin, Tahoe City and the Literacy Support Council of Placer County each contributed a total of $25,000 to seed the fund. Additional gifts from within the general public will grow the fund to increase its impact on the libraries for many years to come.

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A Mother and Two Kids In Front of a House For Sale
The program is designed to promote home ownership among low-income residents. Loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

First-Time Home Buyers to Get County Assistance

Posted: 2/27/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer County is accepting applications for a program that helps eligible low-income residents purchase their first homes by making monthly mortgage payments more affordable.

Loans up to $100,000 are available through the First-Time Home Buyer Assistance Program to help qualified households purchase homes in unincorporated areas of Placer County. Through the program, the county provides deferred-payment second-mortgage loans. The loans are not due and payable for 30 years unless a change occurs—such as owners no longer occupy the homes or go into default, sell, or transfer title to properties.

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GMOs and Our Health

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 2/27/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - One of the big controversies with GMOs is how it affects the health and wellness of those who consume them. Both sides have very strong opinions and valid arguments.

Pro-GMOers talk about the need to feed the world and the altruistic view of using fewer pesticides and less herbicide. They believe that by splicing in gene’s that encourage the plant to protect itself will reduce the use of deadly chemicals on crops, thereby protecting the environment.

The science provided through multiple college research projects have found no significant difference in development when testing feed animals side by side with organic and GMO feeds. The University of California, Davis (UCD), study found that the quality and quantity of the meat and eggs was the same. Currently there is a World Food Center at the UCD that takes a “big picture” approach to sustainability and solving humanities most pressing problems in food and health, according to the Examiner.com. Another study that was reviewed by the Mayo Clinic showed there was not a significant difference between organic produce and non-organic in their nutritional content.

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Blowing the Horn On Those GMOs

Locally grown, organic food is safer and abundant

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 2/13/2015

Attractive Things Seen at a Farmer's Market
Many of the products sold by farmers’ market vendors are organically grown.

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - With all the hubbub about the food chain, organic vs. non-organic, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, GMO in our food supply and much more, many people just don’t know what it is all about. So what is a GMO? And how does it affect you and the foods you choose?

Genetically Modified Organism is a living “thing” (plant, animal or otherwise) that has had its genetic structure altered. The alteration can be one or many things, such as increased yield (more or bigger product), reduced size (miniature), bug resistant, disease resistant, pesticide and/or herbicide resistant, and many other options. The question is, by altering the organism genetically, is it still the same?

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Board Approves Permit for Proposed Temporary Homeless Shelter

Will Review Agreement Outlining Conditions at Future Meeting

Posted: 2/13/2015

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Feb. 4, to allow a temporary change of use for county-owned property in North Auburn that could allow the facility to be used as an emergency homeless shelter.

A nonprofit group known as Right Hand Auburn Inc. has proposed opening a temporary shelter at the Placer County Government Center, a county complex commonly known as the DeWitt Center.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve a temporary conditional use permit that is needed because the proposed site’s zoning currently does not permit a homeless shelter there. The temporary permit would remain in effect up to a year, but would allow Right Hand Auburn to operate a shelter on a three-month trial basis.

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December 2014 Unemployment Rate is Placer County’s Lowest Since 2007

Posted: 2/13/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent during December, reaching its lowest point since 2007.

The California Employment Development Department reported that Placer County had 9,400 unemployed workers out of a total civilian workforce of 178,700 people last month. Its seasonally unadjusted 5.2 percent jobless rate was down from the 5.9 percent posted for November and from the 6.5 percent recorded for December a year earlier.

Last month’s 5.2 percent matches the mark Placer County recorded in December 2007 and is slightly higher than the 4.9 percent recorded in November 2007.

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Emergency Homeless Shelter in North Auburn Considered

Posted: 1/30/2015


Dry January Heightens Drought Concern

Posted: 1/30/2015


Taking Strides Against Domestic Violence

One Thousand Men Sought for 2015 Record-Breaking March

By Linda Harper
Posted: 1/16/2015


Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014


Water Agency Prepares for Storm Runoff, Debris

Posted: 12/18/2014


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